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Posted 8/28/2018

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By Elon Ziegler

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (May 17, 2018)--The Equal Employment Opportunity office sponsored “Learning Our Asian American Heritage Open House”, May 17 at the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory in Champaign, Ill.  Employees visited the executive conference room throughout the day to read about a wide array of Asian American Pacific Islander’s heritage.  

Some of the information included the Chinese and building the Transcontinental Railroad, a massive engineering marvel in American history.  Information was also displayed about AAPI inventors and innovators, Medal of Honor winners, individual and unit contributions to U.S. military history that secured our freedom, and AAPI migration history.     

Cathy Anders invested time and effort into researching and creating materials to be used at the Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Special Emphasis Program Event.  Anders' vision was to have a 'museum of educational materials'.  Employees also enjoyed samplings of various delicious Asian cuisine, also courtesy of Anders and Dr. Kumar Topudurti.

Deyonna Poke and Roger Nurick were also instrumental in providing the educational event.  Johnny Deponai, EEO specialist, expressed gratitude for these individuals' efforts, and to their supervisors for allowing them to provide support.